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We are learning of a crash that took place in North Braddock in early January that should leave all of us cautious when we are outside of our vehicles. A woman was trying to put gas in her Buick Terraza at around 7 p.m. on January 7. She had pulled her vehicle into the right lane of traffic on Route 30 and was walking behind the vehicle when a 70-year-old driver in a Chevy Cruze struck her. The 28-year-old woman was pinned between the two vehicles. EMS arrived and transported her to the hospital with unknown injuries.
A 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were in the Buick at the time of the crash. One was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we know that unpredictable things happen to all of us. This woman ran out of gas and ended up becoming a pedestrian crash victim. Though the details of how the accident happened are not available, we know that pedestrians face enormous risks when they are in and around the roadway. If you need a pedestrian accident attorney in Pittsburgh, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve.
In Pennsylvania, there were over 4,000 pedestrian accidents last year. In the latest reporting year, there were 150 fatalities and 4,106 injuries due to pedestrian crashes. Nearly every pedestrian crash resulted in an injury or a fatality.
If we take a close look at what was happening at the time of these crashes, it will help us understand some of the causes:
- Walking/jogging/running/playing – 29.6%
- Entering crossing/authorized location – 41.4%
- Standing – 5.2%
- Other activities – 23.7%
It is concerning that most of these accidents happen when a person is going about activities that they would normally be doing. That means that driver negligence is the main cause:
- Impaired Driving – drunk drivers are a danger to everyone in or around the roadway, particularly pedestrians.
- Distracted Driving – anyone focused on their phones and not the roadway is a danger.
- Speeding/Aggressive Driving – speeding and aggressive driving will lead to major pedestrian injuries.
The human body is not made to absorb the impact of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. We often see the following injuries:
- Minor and Major injuries can include lacerations, broken or dislocated bones, or concussions.
- Catastrophic injuries can include severe internal organ damage, a spinal cord injury, or a traumatic brain injury.
These injuries can require extensive and expensive medical care as well as other hidden costs associated with accidents.
Moving Forward From Here
There are so many things to take care of in the aftermath of an accident that it can be overwhelming, especially if you have sustained injuries that were caused by another person’s negligence. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, you can count on us to secure compensation for the following:
- Money for your medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages